By Wayne Allen
The Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste District was asked in April to remove recycling containers located at Greater Portsmouth Airport. Since then the containers have been placed back at the airport, across the parking lot from their former location.
Officials with the airport informed the district the containers need to be moved to make room for the Heathnet Aeromedical Services Base 4/Medflight 7 base that’s considering moving to the airport. After hearing of the news in April, Scioto County Commissioner Skip Riffe made it his goal to have the containers brought back to the airport.
“The (recycling) bins at Minford as of right now are back at the airport. They are not in the same location, but they are at the airport. That is where we hope they will stay,” Riffe said. “There may be a possibility they will be moved one more time. That’s about all we can say right now, but they are back out there and people can continue recycling.”
Riffe said the containers may be moved from one location to the other but will likely remain at the airport.
“To be honest, the board out there has not been crazy about them, and that’s about all you can say,” Riffe said.
When the containers were removed, Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste District Director Dan Palmer said, “They (containers) were previously at the feed store then they asked us to remove them. They were previously located at the (Minford Local Schools) bus garage and they asked us to remove them. At this point we have no alternative, but to remove them.”
According to an Heathnet Aeromedical Services Base 4/Medflight 7 official, they are aware of the containers having to be relocated. The company has committed to working with the airport to find a good location for the containers on the airport property so the recycling program can stay in the community.
For more information about the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District, visit www.lsswmd.org.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.